John’s Field

“This will all be gone by the morning.” The voice was very similar to last time. John stood up in his field, the wet soil clinging to his jeans, cool in the palm of his hand. There was tenseness in his body; it was rigid, though he wasn’t afraid exactly. He felt territorial again, ready [...]

Spring Day

“Two hands. One hand and one hand that looks like a book,” Evelyn explained to Gregory as candidly as she could. Because he was her little brother and was only five whereas she was six, she had to take pains to make sure he understood things like what their mother’s paintings meant. They lined the [...]

Kayla and The Ghost Crabs

“Here, take my jacket,” said Newton. Kayla sat motionless on the sand and said nothing. The crabs, too many to count, too small and delicate to fear scurried in a great sheet, a strange, rustling fabric across the tideless flat, which naked now glistened, rippled beneath the wind, moved in such a strange way by [...]

The Orca

“The waves will never cease,” she thought. The mountains, distant, not distant, somewhere reachable in her dreams, if she were dreaming—one step, a soaring, arcing, wonderful thing she did night after night, were blue. And the water passing beneath the ferry was blue and foaming white, sending back, sending back to where it spread itself [...]

The Motorbike

“Try, try,” Jordan said as he opened the gate and his guest wheeled out the old motorbike. Clyde knew he didn’t have the heft to start it—it was one of those old kinds of motorbikes, one that needed three hundred pounds of kick, and then would only grudgingly come alive. Jordan smiled as Marcus winced [...]

The Butterfly and the Flame

“Father?” Aloise interrupted her father in the little shed. The skylight was covered over with the autumn leaves and twilight had almost passed. She entered carefully and lit a candle by the window then put it in its holder. Her father sat with his back facing her at his workbench. “What are you working on? [...]

Rock Dreams

Josie awoke, roused by the voice of her older sister Fiona who was taking care of her. Sweat clung to her everywhere. “Josie,” her sister said, “you were having a bad dream.” “I can’t see,” said Josie, “get me my glasses.” Fiona took her sister’s glasses and put them on tenderly, careful not to poke [...]